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Obertan is a tricky winger with pace that can either play on the right or left flank. He is also experienced in playing a striker role if needs be.
The Frenchman started his career as a youth at FC Paris. He spent a year there before being picked up by Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain. After spending a year with the youth sides of PSG, he impressed the scouts at Clairefontaine, the infamous French Footballing Academy. At Clairefontaine he managed to develop considerably since his FC Paris days. Again he impressed Ligue 1 scouts, this time Bordeaux were the side that won his signature in 2005.
In his first year at Bordeaux he was put into the youth/reserve team before he was ready for first team action. Following a further year impressing in the reserve side he was promoted into the first team the following season (2006) and signed his first professional contract. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 and went on to win 17 appearances that season, 16 of the coming from the bench.
In his second season as a professional he went on to play a further 26 matches, scoring 2 goals. Unfortunately for Obertan, the appearances again came mostly from the bench. Every time we played he seemed to impress, but with the team fighting for the title that year, then Bordeaux coach and ex-United defender, Laurent Blanc believed that he was not experienced enough for the run in and the intensity of the games that he sent him on loan to L'Orient for further first team experience. While at L'Orient he played 15 games scoring one goal.
By the end of the 2009 season, after working his way through the France National Youth teams, he was involved in the Toulon Tournament where he was named player of the tournament, catching the eyes of the Manchester United scouts in the process.
Following his success, he went on to sign for the Red Devils on 8th July 2009 for £3 million.
Why Should He Leave United?
Like Anderson he is still only 21/22 and there is still chance he will develop into a quality player. But in his first season at United he only made 7 apperances all season. If you think that by this age Ronaldo was already in his fourth season as a first team regular, it has to question is Obertan up to the United standard fans expect of their players.
In the 7 games, there is only one that will stand out for any United fans and that came when Michael Owen scored a Hatrick against Wolfsburg in the Champions League where Obertan was involved in all three goals.
For me, the player is too inconsistent, he drifts in and out of games he plays and the game passes him by. There are signs that he will be a good player, but they are only in small doses. It is not just the first team where he performs like this, it is also with the reserves on the many occasions i have watched them play last season.
It goes without saying that when United came in for him, his boss at the time, Laurent Blanc stated that Obertan was by far the finished article and he was surprised that they were even in for him. He stated that Obertan's mind and attention can drift in games which then results in poor performances. Blanc also believed that the United standard was a football standard that was too much for the winger to achieve.
At the end of this season, if Fergie is not going to play the winger in competitive games, then he should look to offload before his value decreases. Also if the boy does not show further signs of improvement or development, even more so when he has World Class tutors in Giggs, Nani, Valencia and Evra who can control the flanks that he is paid to play in, then the question has to remain how long will he be at the club? Will be be another Tosic? Signed but never given the chance.